The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, built for San Diego’s Centre City Development Corporation, completes the city's 100-year-old vision of a Park-to-Bay Link, connecting Balboa Park and the San Diego Bay.
This iconic 550-foot bridge provides a safe crossing over the heavily traveled Harbor Drive and existing train and trolley tracks, and links the Convention Center and a multi-level parking garage on the bay side with a main route into the city's downtown and the nearby ballpark.
The design and detailing of this project required innovative solutions that both challenged conventional bridge methods and provided new architectural models for future bridge designers. The 500-foot curved span of the bridge is supported by a unique 130-foot tall inclined pylon which supports stainless steel wrapped suspension cables attached along one edge of the bridge deck.
In order to complement the skeletal and sculptural nature of the bridge, a structural glass elevator tower was created that houses two elevator cabs, connecting the plaza level to the bridge deck and showcasing the elevators' inner-workings.
This project was designed in collaboration with T.Y. Lin International.